Mad Men (2007–2015)
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The Doorway, Part 1 

Don and Megan take a trip to Hawaii for the holidays, Sally's friend visits the Francis family, a comedian torpedoes Peggy's Super Bowl ad campaign, and Roger gets some bad news about his mother.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Ted Chaough (credit only)
Henry Francis
Stan Rizzo
Bobby Draper


It's December 1967 and Don is in Hawaii with Meagan on a working holiday. They're staying at the Royal Hawaiian hotel, a client, so that Don can get an idea of what it's like for their new ad campaign. He has an interesting encounter with an army private currently serving in Vietnam but on leave to get married. He has a proposition for Don. They return home to finds their doorman, who had a serious heart attack standing in front of them, on the job. Megan is concerned that her employers may be diminishing her TV role. At the office, the firm has expanded to include the floor above but Don is not too happy to find that his office furniture has been rearranged. Roger Sterling learns that his mother has died. Betty takes a motherly interest in Sally's friend Sandy who lives next door and whose mother died recently. Sandy has an adventurous streak that Betty perhaps wishes she had at her age. At her new employer, Peggy Olson faces something of a crisis when recent news may force her to ... Written by garykmcd

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7 April 2013 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in December 1967. See more »


Peggy's advertising firm talks about problems with a "Super Bowl" advertisement. This would have been broadcast during the 1968 game. But the game wasn't called the Super Bowl until the 3rd game, in January 1969. See more »


Don Draper: [reading from Dante's Inferno] I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone, in a dark wood.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Hawaiian Wedding Song
Written by Charles E. King, Al Hoffman, Dick Manning
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Super Bowl ad
31 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

I don't know why I'm still watching this program. Probably for all the other characters besides Don, who's getting bored and boring us by the same time. But watching it I've just noticed a serious goof about the screenplay. We're in December 1967. Peggy Olsen is working with a client, Koss, which is selling headphones. At the start. her agency is having a printed campaign in the newspapers, saying "Lend me your ears". By the same time, there is this terrible story going on from the Vietnam war, where US soldiers are on court-martial trial because they were cutting ears from Vietcong people and putting them on a necklace. Someone on the "Tonight show" is making a joke about it. And the crisis is starting at the agency. Peggy's colleague, Burt, is talking about the TV advertising spot that will be showed during the Super Bowl. And this mistake is repeated at least three times in the first 2 episodes of Season 6. It's a mistake because the championship between AFC and NFC became the SUPER BOWL the year after, in January 1969. It was on that year, which was the third time this championship took place, that this moniker was used for the first time. Later, the NFL gave back this name to the first 2 championships, both won by Green Bay Packers.

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